Dosed
Red Hot Chili Peppers Lyrics


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I got dosed by you, and
Closer than most to you, and
What am I supposed to do?
Take it away
I never had it anyway
Take it away
And everything will be okay
In you, a star is born, and
You cut a perfect form, and
Someone forever warm
Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on
Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on

Way up on the mountain where she died
All I ever wanted was your life
Deep inside the canyon, I can't hide
All I ever wanted was your life

Show love with no remorse, and
Climb on to your seahorse, and
This ride is right on course
This is the way I wanted it to be with you
This is the way I knew that it would be with you
Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on
Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on

Way up on the mountain where she died
All I ever wanted was your life
Deep inside the canyon, I can't hide
All I ever wanted was your life

I got dosed by you, and
Closer than most to you, and
What am I supposed to do?
Take it away, I never had it anyway
Take it away, and everything will be okay

Way up on the mountain where she died
All I ever wanted was your life




Deep inside the canyon, I can't hide
All I ever wanted was your life

Overall Meaning

“Dosed” by Red Hot Chili Peppers is a song that illustrates the vulnerability of a person within a romantic relationship. The song talks about how the persona has been emotionally affected by the person he’s in love with. The lines “I got dosed by you, and closer than most to you, and what am I supposed to do?” show that the persona was left helpless to the situation he’s in, after being “dosed” or exposed to their partner’s emotions. He is admitting that he doesn’t know how to handle the intensity of the relationship. The chorus “Take it away, I never had it anyway, take it away, and everything will be okay” implies that he is willing to let go of the relationship, as he feels he has nothing to lose.


The second verse of the song “Way up on the mountain where she died, all I ever wanted was your life, deep inside the canyon I can’t hide, all I ever wanted was your life” can be interpreted as the persona trying to come to terms with death. The lines imply that the persona is struggling to move on from a tragedy and feels unable to accept the situation that he’s in. The song’s chords and melody create a contemplative mood that complements the song’s theme of painful reflection. The lines “Lay on, lay on, lay on” can be seen as a chant-like repetition of the persona's desire to avoid the pain of the situation, perhaps by numbing himself with the effects of the so-called “dose” he received.


Overall, the song has a sad tone and speaks about the struggles of a relationship, the feeling of being dosed with someone's emotions and not knowing how to handle it, and the pain of trying to come to terms with a tragic situation.


Line by Line Meaning

I got dosed by you, and
I fell in love with you and was under your influence, and


Closer than most to you, and
I was closer to you than most people, and


What am I supposed to do?
I don't know what to do in this situation, and


Take it away
Take away my feelings for you,


I never had it anyway
Because I never really had a chance with you,


Take it away
Take away the pain of loving you, and


And everything will be okay
And I will be able to move on, and everything will be alright.


In you, a star is born, and
You have a certain star quality about you, and


You cut a perfect form, and
You have a perfect image, and


Someone forever warm
You are always comforting and welcoming to others, and


Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on
Just keep being there, supporting me, and providing a safe space.


Way up on the mountain where she died
I think of you in a tragic way, like being on a mountain where someone died,


All I ever wanted was your life
All I ever wished for was to be with you, to have your love, and to share a life with you,


Deep inside the canyon, I can't hide
Even though I try to hide from these feelings, they are still deep inside me, and I cannot escape them.


Show love with no remorse, and
Love me without any regrets or hesitations, and


Climb on to your seahorse, and
Ride with me into the adventure of love like we are on a seahorse, and


This ride is right on course
Our journey together is going as it should be, smoothly and steadily, without any obstacles, and


This is the way I wanted it to be with you
Being with you is what I have always wanted, and


This is the way I knew that it would be with you
I always had a feeling that it would be like this, full of love and passion.


Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on
Just be with me and comfort me in this intimate and safe space we share.


Way up on the mountain where she died
Despite the painful imagery that comes with it, I still think of you as a tragic but beautiful figure,


All I ever wanted was your life
All I ever wanted was to be with you, and to share in the beauty and sadness of life with you.


Deep inside the canyon, I can't hide
Even though I try to keep these feelings to myself, they are still deeply embedded within me and I cannot escape them.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Michael Balzary, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith

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